Friday, August 03, 2018

meet the apprentice | rick colhoun

This season we have FOUR apprentices, and last (but never least), we want to introduce an apprentice who may be a familiar to some of our PT community: Rick Colhoun!

Rick Colhoun - Director

Rick has served as Music Director on shows including Christmas Presence, Hunger Games: The Musical and Holy Mo: A Christmas Show. Sound Design credits include Common Grace, It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, A Good Way Out, and The Christians. He wishes to thank his Family at home and his Pacific Theatre Family too. He is the world's oldest apprentice.

What did you spend the last year doing?

Producing records and making theatre.

What are you most looking forward to about being an apprentice?

Learning how to tell great stories.

What is your favourite theatre experience to date?

Really too many to list. Every time I'm lucky enough to be a part of a show I feel so blessed.

What is your non-theatrical specialty?

Music Production

If you received 1 million dollars that you could not spend on yourself, what would you do with it?

I'd buy you a green dress...but not a real green dress. That's cruel.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

meet the apprentice | kira fondse

Next up in our apprentice introductions, Kira Fondse!

Kira Fondse - Actor

Kira is a storyteller through music and theatre from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She recently completed a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba, and frequently performs in musicals, operas and co ncerts. Kira desires to bring joy to people in Canada and around the world through the sharing of stories, art and culture, and she dreams of empowering young people to do the same. Kira is seeking new ways of starting conversations, asking difficult questions, and helping to speak out for those whose voices have been silenced. She cannot wait to discover and grow as an apprentice with Pacific Theatre this year.

What did you spend the last year doing?

Finishing my music degree, performing, teaching, and going for long walks when it's not 40 below.

What are you most looking forward to about being an apprentice?

Being immersed in theatre, challenging myself in new ways and learning from others.

What is your favourite theatre experience to date?

Performing The Dream Catchers with the Charlottetown Festival's Young Company last summer, and taking the show on tour via bus from PEI to Vancouver Island. The people, the places, the was an experience like no other, and an inspiring project to be a part of.

What is your non-theatrical specialty?

Making music that's good for the soul, and food that's good for the body :)

If you received 1 million dollars that you could not spend on yourself, what would you do with it?

I think I'd split it up! Donate to local causes such as human trafficking awareness, pregnancy support centres and non-profit organizations such as the Tusarnaarniq Sivumut Association that provides musical instruments and training as positive creative outlets for Inuit youth in Nunavut.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

meet the apprentice | shelby wyminga

The next season apprentice we have to introduce you to is Shelby Wyminga - meet Shelby!

Shelby Wyminga - Actor

Shelby is a graduate of TWU's School of the Arts Media and Culture with a BFA in Theatre. Some recent acting credits include the role of Gloria in Shelby's original play It's A Glorious Wonderful Life (Vancouver Fringe), Ensemble in Still the Kettle Sings (Plan Z), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Canada), Lucy Steele in Sense and Sensibility (Metro), Feste in Twelfth Night (SAMC) and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew (Stone's Throw). Recent design credits include The Miracle Worker (costumes, Gallery 7), Enchanted April (set, G7), and Frankenstein 1945 (costumes, Nebula). Shelby is unbelievably excited to dive into her apprenticeship at Pacific Theatre and plans to soak up every single opportunity to learn from the exceptional artists here. She is particularly drawn to Shakespeare, modern spins on classic tales, the supernatural and stories of heroic women, and she can't wait to see what new paths present themselves over the next year!

What did you spend the last year doing?

I've spent the last year going project to project acting, writing and designing both set and costume. When I'm not working on a show, I've been fulfilling my 6 year old self's dreams by working as a princess and superhero for a children's events company called Pacific Fairytales. I've also been working as the company's admin assistant so I spend a lot of time planning parties, styling wigs and fixing ballgowns!

What are you most looking forward to about being an apprentice?

I think I'm mostly looking forward to simply being around other theatre artists, constantly surrounded by creative energy and process. And of course I'm already going manic with ideas for the projects I want to work on. I'm both excited overwhelmed and by the freedom to just go wild and create while connecting with other emerging artists!

What is your favourite theatre experience to date?

I can never pick just one favorite! I think one of my tops would doing William Gibson's The Butterfingers Angel while I was still in Uni. I played a super sassy, punked-out, traumatized version of Mary the Mother of Jesus. She made me face every single one of my biggest fears and to this date it's still one of the most challenging roles I've ever taken on. Other favorite would be touring high schools with Romeo and Juliet last year! Just a wonderful cast and an amazing opportunity to help kids discover a love of Shakespeare!

What is your non-theatrical specialty?

I don't know if this counts but I'm a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. My trivia knowledge is fierce and I'm a proud Slytherin!

If you received 1 million dollars that you could not spend on yourself, what would you do with it?

I think some would go to my parents to help pay off their homes. Most would go to providing clean drinking water to Aboriginal communities. The reserve where I grew up has had high levels of arsenic in the tap water for years and nothing has ever been done to fix the problem. If I could somehow build a new system in even one community that would be something.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

meet the apprentice | linnea perry

It's almost time for our 2018-2019 apprentices to begin! They will begin their training next week, and so in the meantime we want to make sure you get to know a little something about who they are. These theatre artists and administrators are all on the verge of professional careers in theatre, and we are thrilled to help transition them from training to industry. First up, is Linnea Perry!

Linnea Perry - Stage Manager and Administrator

Linnea is an interdisciplinary artist whose passion for the arts began the second she was able to paint. Since then she never stop creating and has worked with several companies including Ballet BC (Program 2: 2017), TooFly Production (Robin Hood: Prince of Tease, Little Miss Glitz), PlanZ Theatre (Still the Kettle Sings) and Rice&Beans Theatre (Starstuff, Small Town Hoser Spic). Recently, Linnea completed her BFA at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in theatre production and is so excited to being the next chapter in her artistic career.

What did you spend the last year doing?

This last year I have spent it finishing up my degree! Lots of sleepless nights and stress when into earning that piece of paper but now I have it and no one can take it away from me! Other than that I've been working on shows here and there. I did my last show with SFU in April, stage managing the grad dance show which was very emotional. Some of the dancers and I started at the same time so it was odd looking back on the last four years and seeing how far we had all come together. Before that I was working on Little Miss Glitz and really diving into the process of creating a new canadian musical. It was a amazing process and I got the chance to work with some really amazing people, and there is something about doing a big musical that is just so much fun.

What are you most looking forward to about being an apprentice?

I'm looking forward to growing as a artist and learning all the little bits that go into companies like Pacific theatre. I really like working in a office environment, so I'm really looking forward to being able to get more experience with the day to day office work that comes with the apprenticeship. I'm also looking forward to trying to push myself creatively as to what I am capable of doing since I tend to always fall back into stage managing and though the internship I am hoping to also work on design and maybe some script writing. I want to make the most out of every last little thing that will be offered to me!

What is your favourite theatre experience to date?

Opening night of Still the Kettle Sing. Still the Kettle Sing was a devised piece with a cast and crew entirely made of woman. The stories in the show came from the woman in our lives who inspired us and to us it made total sense. But the nature of devised work can lead to it making sense to the people inside the process but not those outside of it. In the lead up to opening there was worry that maybe people wouldn't get what we were trying to say. So it was the most amazing experience when opening night came and to see the reaction of the audience, to hear how touched they were by the work. To date it is still one of the best devised experiences I have been apart of and one of the best shows I think I have ever had the honor of working on.

What is your non-theatrical specialty?

Probably writing, novels and short stories and things like that. I also love scrapingbooking and playing the ukulele!

If you received 1 million dollars that you could not spend on yourself, what would you do with it?

I would give part to my grandma so she could move back to Barbados. I would donate some a charity, preferably one that is finding positive ways to tackle the opioid crisis in our city. I would give some to my parents and then put the rest in a saving fund till I could think of more things to do with it. Also because collecting interest is a good thing.

Friday, July 20, 2018

2017-2018 season retrospective

We are about ready to start rolling out our 2018-2019 season, but first, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the amazing year we had together in 2017-2018. Thank you to all the artists who worked with us and all of you for joining us!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

pt at the jessies

We had a wonderful evening celebrating another year of outstanding Vancouver theatre at the Jessie Awards last night. We are so happy for our community - those who were nominated, recognized with statues, as well as everyone else who we are proud to call friends and colleagues. Here are the PT artists who walked away with statues!


OUTSIDE MULLINGAR: Outstanding Production

Shayna Jones: Outstanding Performance by an Actress in RUINED (Guest Production: Dark Glass Theatre)


Lucia Frangione and Andrew McNee both got Jessies for their performances in MISERY at The Arts Club Theatre, and Lauchlin Johnston was also awarded for his set design on the same show. Craig Erickson was a part of the ensemble for TITUS BUFFONIOUS, as was Drew Facey for his contribution to the set and costumes of that show.

Congratulations to everyone, and we can't wait for another year of theatre!

Friday, July 06, 2018

jul 11 | tom pickett | jazz vespers

Wish I was in town!  (Well, actually, if I was in town, I'd wish I was in Tofino. And I am in Tofino. So I guess I don't know what to wish. Okay, I got it - I wish Tom was singing in Tofino!)  
You'll remember Tom from many landmark Pacific Theatre shows.  MASTER HAROLD... AND THE BOYS in 2000, HOSPITALITY SUITE in 2001, PLAYLAND in 2003 and then again opposite Michael Kopsa in 2010, DOMINO HEART and SHADOWLANDS in 2005, DRIVING MISS DAISY in 2007 - a role he recently reprised at Rosebud, THE WHIPPING MAN in 2015, and RUINED this past February.

But you've also heard him sing!  In a gospel quartet in Morris Ertman's touring version of TENT MEETING in 2001, at CHRISTMAS PRESENCE and other PT events now and then, and spectacularly in TESTAMENT last spring. And if you heard that, you'll want to hie thyself thither unto Brentwood Pres and soak up some fine jazz Evensinging!